Expert Media Briefing on IPCC Report

Date: 1st September 2019

In June 2019 ocean experts met in London to discuss important opportunities to protect the ocean over the coming months and to outline the key areas for urgent attention.

Professor Dan Laffoley: surface warming and sea level rise are not the only threats to the ocean from climate breakdown. Ocean heating, deoxygenation and acidification need more attention, as does the speed and scale of change:

Professor Callum Roberts: overfishing and climate breakdown have altered the ocean but we can counter some of these impacts with greater marine protection:

Professor Dan Laffoley: climate breakdown interreacts with other stressors to have a cumulative impact on the ocean. We need to tackle CO2 reduction and the other stressors simultaneously:

Lisa Speer: key needs are to hold global warming to 1.5ºC, protect 30% of the ocean by 2030, eliminate overfishing and prohibit mining:

Kristina Gjerde: key needs are to increase public understanding of the impacts of climate breakdown on the ocean an improve ocean management:

Elizabeth Karan: key needs are to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 and to secure a robust treaty for the High Seas:

Duncan Currie: key needs are to tackle the patchwork approach to ocean management and bring marine biodiversity to the forefront of international ocean law:

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